El Vez

4.7
4912 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern

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A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas.
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nachos were awesome

SR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite place to celebrate birthdays! Can’t wait to go back.

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mexican in Philly! El Vez Never disappoints with great drinks, better food and an energy unlike any other in Philly. The Queso Fundido is always a must. Try all of their tacos especially the battered Mahi Mahi.

Make sure you reserve well in advance or put your name in and check out the surrounding bars! (They text you when the table is ready)

GS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here celebrating our twins 21st Birthday. Everything was so good. Loved the decor of the restaurant. Bonus churros for their birthday. We will definitely be back!

BM
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Would definitely be back again.

GB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our best meal we have had in Philly! We are traveling and came here with our toddler son. Service was great and the staff was very accommodating. The food was fantastic! Great flavors! Margaritas were amazing. 5/5!

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of my favorite restaurants and it's under the Steven Starr restaurant portfolio so you're guaranteed some great food and modern ambiance. It's a staple in the city/13th street and I would highly recommend the manchengo cheese dip, mushroom fundito and open face shrimp quesadilla.

super flavorful and the drinks are just as great. I personally love the guava mojito but the pink cadillac and blood orange margarita are usually the go to here. Try the pineapple canela too!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

For a Mexican restaurant, you would expect the food to have a little spice, especially the 3 different salsas that you have to pay for. It’s the first Mexican restaurant that I’ve been to where you have to pay for chips and salsa. The food had very little flavor. I would not go back.

SJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent as always. However, when I made the reservation I noted that we were celebrating my wife’s 60th birthday which was a big deal. I also noted, as always, that she eats a gluten free diet. Our waiter had no idea she was gluten free and no one ever mentioned her birthday. I was very disappointed that they totally overlooked these things.

AR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, delicious food, a bit overpriced for portion size.

S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday it was perfect!

S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went to El Vez last year and got basically the same food (nachos, portobello mushroom tacos, with sides of refried beans and creamy poblano rice). Last year, we loved it. This year I found the food to be mediocre at best. The waiter was very good. The margaritas we got were, again, mediocre. The nachos tasted like they had processed, grocery store, salsa in them and not freshly made. I have recommended this place to friends and family in the past and will no longer do so.

BA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite spot. Guacamole and margaritas are always amazing, and the service is top rate. We were celebrating a birthday and they did a great job with everything.

JJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s 35th bday birthday with our 2 young kids. She only wanted to go to El Vez! We have dinner at El Vez usually alone to celebrate our anniversary since we got engaged in the red corner booth almost 7 yrs ago- and guess what??? We had the same booth for tonight with our kids which was very cool! Thank you Gabriel, one of the waiters, for making it happen! As always, we love El Vez and will continue to come back. Love - The Goldbergs

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White coat ceremony - induction to medical school Temple University

S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The relaxed atmosphere was just what we needed on a Friday afternoon! Food arrived hot and was delicious. The staff were all terrific managing a very busy restaurant while still engaging with all the guests. Their guacamole is a must have you can't stop dipping the chips!
Enjoy your next visit!

OT
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. They didn't forget about us at all (which sometimes can happen when you are out of sight). Service was great. The server kept my water glass filled the whole time.
We shared nachos with chicken. It was very good. We were only 2 people so it was a lot more than we needed, and only ate about 2/3.
We also shared shrimp quesadilla. It was very tasty, but the one giant shrimp on top of each of the quarters made it hard to eat. Not a deal breaker, but maybe make 2-3 pieces on each quarter instead? I ate the shrimp off the top and then it was only the tortilla and a few minor toppings left.
All in all a nice lunch and I'll definitely be back.

RH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez never fails to disappoint! Took my GF here for her b’day and she loved it, especially the churros + candles. Great experience and even better good.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner as usual

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m
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was fabulous. Crowd was lively. Ambience was bright. Food was just meh.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great margaritas! Don’t miss the Queso Fundido Con Carne appetizer, be sure to get the combination. Also get the street corn off the husk, much easier to eat & share.

IS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service!! Good for any occasion!
Love their guacamole, the BEST!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast seating ; great food ; excellent service

a
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez was fantastic. I went here with a couple of friends and had some wonderful drinks and tasty food. The service was also wonderful--never felt abandoned, but I didn't feel that my space was invaded or anything. Great time!

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, fast and friendly service. The place is very crowded. We were seated by the bar and ppl kept on bumping into us. Overall it was a good experience

LA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been trying to get into El Vez for quite awhile. I finally got 3PM reservations. We opted to sit at the bar instead of a table and the bartenders took great care of us. The begin a mid-day menu at 3PM so we weren't able to order off the lunch or dinner menu.

The guacamole was excellent as were the chicken tacos. We will definitely return when we can order off of the full menu.

NA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been wanting to eat at El Vez and were finally able to do so and celebrated his birthday with a nice lunch and the best margaritas!

W
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, excellent ambiance. Very dark, very loud, and menu is on the expensive side lowering the value received for the money.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to grab a nice meal & drinks. Pretty loud

LH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was very good! Great atmosphere...was loud, couldn’t hear everyone at other end of table but who needs conversation when you’ve got great food 😉

a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, had a mess up with a small issue they made it up to us. Would absolutely go again

FI
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and drinks, as always. Service could have been better. We were often left waiting for the waiter to come around to ask him to bring more drinks.

j
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Vez is the place to dine.
Make your reservations in advance. Enjoy the atmosphere and ambiance.
The food is scintillating😋

v
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food!! 5 stars for sure. Only thing I would say is our waiter walked away mid order so we had to call him over to finish ordering.

K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious huevos rancheros. I think my favorite part of the meal was the deep fried plantains! Cannot recommend them enough! the outdoor seating is a huge plus for me, as I love fresh air. FYI the seating is right on the street, which can be busy during the middle of the day

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun evening with bomb food! Thank you!

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!
Server So hospitable!
Definitely uograde to Reserve ElVez Margherita. / wish slightly larger for price/ but I know liquor tax affects volume
Photo booth a hoot!!
Will return
First time and I left Happy♥️

ND
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good service, delicious food and value for money. Very loud hence Not for a date but great bigger groups and celebrations.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic margaritas

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Mothers day

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